Terrorist Attacks on American Soil: From the Civil War Era to the Present

Terrorist Attacks on American Soil: From the Civil War Era to the Present

by J. Michael Martinez


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Understanding the context of terrorism requires a trek through history, in this case the history of terrorist activity in the United States since the Civil War. Because the topic is large and complex, Terrorists Attacks on American Soil: From the Civil War to the Present does not claim to be an exhaustive history of terrorism or the definitive account of how and why terrorists do what they do. Instead, this book takes a representative sampling of the most horrific terrorist attacks on U.S. soil in an effort to understand the context in which they occurred and the lessons that can be learned from these events.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442203235
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 10/25/2012
Pages: 488
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

J. Michael Martinez is an attorney and author of numerous articles and five books, including Coming for to Carry Me Home: Race in America from Abolitionism to Jim Crow.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations Acknowledgments Introduction: Understanding Terrorism PART I: The Nineteenth Century Chapter 1: “A Sight Which Can Never Be Forgotten”: The Mountain Meadows Massacre (1857)
Chapter 2: “The Gentle, Kindhearted Bioterrorist”: Luke Pryor Blackburn and the Yellow Fever Plot (1864-1865)
Chapter 3: “We May Suspect That Race was the Cause of the Hostility”: The Colfax Massacre (1873)
PART II: The Modern Era Chapter 4: “The McNamaras Have Betrayed Labor”: The Los Angeles Times Bombing (1910)
Chapter 5: “An Explosion Just Like the Sound of a Gatling Gun”: The Wall Street Bombing (1920)
Chapter 6: “A President Has to Expect These Things”: The Truman Assassination Attempt (1950)
Chapter 7: “The Klan is Back on the Market”: The Sixteenth Street Bombing and the Civil Rights Movement (1963)
Chapter 8: “You Don’t Need a Weatherman to Know Which Way the Winds Blows”:
Weatherman and the Counterculture Movement (1960s)
PART III: Postmodern Terror Chapter 9: “A Revolution Against the Industrial System”: The Unabomber
Chapter 10: “How Charged with Punishments the Scroll”: The Oklahoma City Bombing (1995)
Chapter 11: “There is a Bomb in Centennial Park; You Have 30 Minutes”:
Eric Robert Rudolph (Late 1990s)
Chapter 12: “The System was Blinking Red”: The Radical Islamic Movement and the September 11 Attacks PART IV: Conclusion The Lessons of Terrorism Notes References About the Author

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